January 26, 2023, St. Louis – Dennis Pearson drove his 1998 Camaro to victory in the final two races of the season and captured the 2022 Super Pro championship at World Wide Technology Raceway. That’s the short version of Pearson’s story.
The veteran drag racer who makes his home in St. Charles, Missouri, has a list of accomplishments a quarter-mile long, including:
- 2008 Memphis NMCA Edelbrock Bracket winner (the first time driving his father’s Vega).
- 2010 Bowling Green Holley LsFest Index winner.
- 2010 GIR Outlaw Allstars 11.0 Index Series champion.
- 2011 Indy NMCA Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout Index winner.
- 2013 Gateway Megabucks Pro winner.
- 2018 Gateway VP Racing Lubricants Mid-America Supercar Showdown 7.0 index Series champion.
- 2022 WWT NMCA Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout Index winner.
“I grew up in Dellwood, Missouri,” said Pearson. “I have been racing since I got my driver’s license, which was 24 years ago. I worked as an automotive dealer technician for 20 years and now I have a desk job, supervising vehicle service contract claims. My fiancé, Anitra, has two girls, Miranda and Zoey.
“My dad and I were doing the math going into the final few races of the 2022 season. He was concerned about how things would shake out. We had a pretty good laugh Sunday afternoon when I won both days (August 27 and 28) and locked up the points battle. My sponsors are Larry Jeffers Race Cars, Extreme Racing Oils, Herzog Motorsports, Rich Terry Fabrication, and Ken Jones Performance Carburetors.”
World Wide Technology Raceway will honor its 2022 drag racing champions at the annual Carl’s 4WD & Performance Center ET Bracket Series banquet on Saturday, February 4. The banquet will be held at VFW Post 2866, located at 66 VFW Lane in St. Charles, Missouri.
About World Wide Technology Raceway
World Wide Technology Raceway (WWTR) is the only track in the world to host the premier series of NASCAR, INDYCAR, and NHRA . Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 700 acres, WWTR is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. WWTR’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 2.0-mile road course, the Gateway Kartplex (a state-of-the-art karting facility), and the adjacent Gateway National Golf Links. WWTR and owner Curtis Francois have been recognized with several awards, including: 2021 Comcast Community Champion of the Year; 2021 Jack Buck Award; 2020 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Track Award; 2018 Innovator Award from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission; 2017 Outstanding Facility of the Year Award from the Race Track Business Conference; and the 2017 Spirit of St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Attractions Association.
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